The Inauguration of President Barack Obama

On January 20th, 2009, Barack H. Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America - the first African-American ever to hold the office of U.S. Commander-in-Chief. The event was witnessed by well over one million attendees in chilly Washington D.C., and by many millions more through coverage on television and the Internet.

Collected here are photographs of the event, the participants, and some of the witnesses around the world.

What's next? From Rudy Yuly

Rudy Yuly is a Seattle-based writer, designer and communications consultant who has served a wide range of clients with an emphasis on corporate social responsibility (CSR), higher education, entertainment industry and not-for-profit organizations.

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Lenticular clouds at Mt. Rainier

[via Nina Reznick]

By Scott Sistek
Our little dry streak is about to come to an end. But if you looked at Mt. Rainier today, you would have known that already.

Take a look at some of these incredible clouds captured over Mt. Rainier today. The one above was taken by Tim Thompson. The one below, by David Embrey:

Those are called "lenticular clouds" They're caused when the air flow is just right so when it flows over Mt. Rainier, the air gets pushed upward where it cools and condenses into clouds. Depending on how smooth the flow is, you can get some amazing clouds formations as we've seen so far today. Here is more information on what causes them from an earlier blog entry.

It's usually a sign of rain within 24 hours because typically the moist flow that precedes a storm around here is the perfect set up for these clouds.

Here are some other ones submitted into YouNews (Feel free to submit your own!)

From YouNews contributor: Corgis4ever in Monroe:

User Samich:
"emcleod3" of Gig Harbor:

kazw37 from Orting:

And these two by "Fi-Bll-fe" in Fife:

And these next three are from Peter Murray of Vashon Island:

And finally, one by user "knitterbread"

Yoga Gives Back fundraiser class with Clay

The following invitation is from Clay of Yoga Gives Back

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Come and play with me at Liberation Yoga Sunday Jan 25th, for a special fund-raising class for the non-profit YOGA GIVES BACK, an organization that I am thrilled to be working with that seeks to give back to India, the land who gave us the limitless gift of Yoga. We'll start with a brief talk from YGB founder and popular local Ashtanga Yoga and Sanskrit teacher Joel Bender to set the intention and shed some light on Yoga Gives Back. Then I'll guide us through a strong, intentional flow yoga class for about 80 minutes. After a long, scrumptious savasana, we'll wrap things up with a raffle of various donated prizes from local merchants.

Liberation Yoga (one of my favorite yoga studios in LA): 124 South La Brea, between 1st and 2nd.
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In service,

p.s. Of course, if you can't make this event, you can make a donation to Yoga Gives Back anytime!
p.p.s. Stay tuned for future events from YBG with some of your other favorite yoga teachers...